SnOasis inquiry continues today

A PUBLIC inquiry into the £300 million winter sports complex SnOasis is due to continue today, with evidence being presented on the impact of the development on the Suffolk landscape.

A PUBLIC inquiry into the £300 million winter sports complex SnOasis is due to continue today, with evidence being presented on the impact of the development on the Suffolk landscape.

Planning inspector John Gray opened the inquiry last week at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich and has been hearing from the developers, supporters and opponents of the development, as well as evidence about the business case for the project.

If approved by the government, once the inspector has given his verdict after the hearing, it will include a ski slope, a four star 350-bed hotel, 350 chalets and 100 apartments at Great Blakenham near Ipswich.

The Government ordered the public inquiry after Mid Suffolk District Council gave the leisure complex, the nearby housing development and a new railway station there the green light.

Mr Gray, an architect with a master's degree in urban planning, was chosen to act as the planning inspector for the hearing.

The six week inquiry, adjourned on Friday, re-opens this morning and will continue all week with experts due to be presenting evidence about the ecology, the traffic impact of the schemes and the planning issues.

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